Child star Skye McCole Bartusiak died of accidental overdose

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COMPTON, CA - MARCH 02: Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak attends the 11th annual Read Across America program at the Compton Unified School District Education Service Center on March 2, 2009 in Compton, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak attends world premiere of 'American Primitive' during the 20th Annual Palms Springs International Film Festival held at the Annenberg Auditorium on January 10, 2009 in Palms Springs, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak arrives at Nickelodeon's 2008 Kids' Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 29, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 03: Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak arrives at the world premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' 'College Road Trip' on March 3, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during Camden House Presents 30 Under 30 - April 20, 2006 at Camden House in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during 'Sky High' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at El Capitan in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
UNITED STATES - JULY 27: G-Phoria 2005 in Los Angeles, United States on July 27, 2005 - Skye McCole Bartusiak at the 2005 G-Phoria Videogame Award Show at Los Angeles Center Studios. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during 'Masters of Horror' Season 2 Hollywood Launch Party at The Ivar in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by J. Strauss/FilmMagic)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during 'The Shaggy Dog' Los Angeles Premiere at El Capitan in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by M. Phillips/WireImage)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during Nuts for Mutts Celebrity Judged Dog Show at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 01: Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Pacifier' at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, United States on March 01, 2005 - Skye McCole Bartusiak arrives to the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Pacifier' (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 1: Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak arrives at the 'Raising Helen' screening during the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival on May 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during 'Against the Ropes' - World Premiere at Graumann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jeremy Montemagni/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 6: Actress Hilary Swank (T), who is making her Broadway debut as Annie Sullivan, and Skye McCole Bartusiak, who plays Helen Keller, attend a media conference for the revival of 'The Miracle Worker' at the Music Box Theatre March 6, 2003 in New York City. (Photo By Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
Director Paul Gutrecht with Skye McCole Bartusiak during 2004 Sundance Film Festival - 'The Vest' Premiere at Prospector in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Rusty White/WireImage)
Skye McCole Bartusiak during 'The Santa Clause 2' Premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Skye McCole Bartusiak (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
371579 14: Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak attends the premiere of 'The Patriot' at Loews Century Plaza June 27, 2000 in Century City, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Online USA)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 2000: Pals Spencer Breslin (left) and Skye McCole Bartusiak get together at Planet Hollywood. The young thespians are both currently on screen, Breslin in 'The Kid,' Bartusiak in 'The Patriot.' (Photo by Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
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Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak died at the young age of 21 on July 19 in her home in Texas, but the cause was unknown until now.

The child star died of an accidental overdose. The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences confirms to ET that it was an accident due to the combined effects of hydrocodone and difluoroethane with carisoprodol.

Hydrocodone is found in pain killers like Vicodin, difluroethane is an inhalant found in household products that can be huffed to get high and carisoprodol is a muscle relaxer.

Bartusiak's mother, Helen, told CNN that Skye was suffering from epileptic seizures a week before she died.

The star was best known for playing the role of Mel Gibson's young daughter in The Patriot. She was preparing to direct her first feature film before she passed away.


Helen told CNN, "The girl has lived such an amazing life."

ET remembers Skye in the video below.
Child Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Had Seizures the Week Before Death
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